Organic & Semi-Organic Restaurants in Bangkok
Some may say pickings for Green eaters, Raw Foodies, Herbivores are thin in Bangkok, but I say there are some hidden gems that make up for the lack in numbers. Below are a few Eco Eateries that stand out in the green pasture.
When Anothai Kongwattana decided to open a healthy vegetarian restaurant in Bangkok she ran into one minor problem; she couldn’t find any organic vegetables in the market. Her solution was to launch her own organic farm. With the help of her green-thumbed husband, Gaan Ritkhachorn, the couple launched the “Pluk Rak,” or “Grow Love” Farm in Ratchaburi, a two hour drive from Bangkok, in June 1999. By August 2000, it was supplying truck loads of organically grown vegetables to the Anotai Restaurant, now a well-established eatery among health-conscious gourmands. Many items on the menu, including desserts, are vegan. Try the brownies and butterfly pea tea.
976/17 Soi Praram 9 Hospital, Huay Kwang | 02-641-5366 | Thu-Tue 10am-9:30pm | no credit cards | $$ | https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anotai/40116588503
Glow Organic Restaurant, Metropolitan Hotel
One of the things you don’t expect in a hotel is an organic health food restaurant. Lunch here is a very popular choice as the meals are lovely and light. Start with a fresh juice from the Glow Juices Menu. There’s an extensive list of extractions or blends – try the young coconut and vanilla pod blend, and the mango, honey, yoghurt and cardamon blend. Delicious! They have great set menus that take the complexity out of ordering. Recommended dishes include the Glow Caesar Salad, with wholewheat croutons and tofu aioli and salt and pepper tofu with green papaya and exotic fruit salad. They have a legendary mango and black sticky rice dessert is sweet and nutty and refreshing all at once. The food is so fresh it will redefine what you think of when you hear the phrase ‘fresh food’.
27 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120, Thailand|02 625 3366| Hotel Breakfast is served daily from 6am to 11am, with all-day dining available from 11am to 9pm | $$$|http://www.comohotels.com/metropolitanbangkok/dining/glow
Sustaina Organic Restaurant is located in Sukhumvit Soi 39. They use sustainable seafood and organic produce from their own farm Harmony Life in their food. From Japanese to Italian, vegan, vegetarian, the extensive menu at this restaurant should be able to satisfy your eco taste buds. They have great macrobiotic set lunch deals on every day. Check their facebook page for updates. In addition check out the Sustaina shop next door with lots of organic goodies to buy and take home with you!
1/40 Soi Sukhumvit 39 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand 10110 | 02-258-7516 (Shop) 02-258-7573 (Restaurant) | $$| https://www.facebook.com/SustainaOrganicRestaurant
Thai Sabai by Khao Kho Talaypu
Thai Sabai by Khao Kho Talaypu is my favourite organic restaurant in Bangkok. Serving up delicious Thai food with certified organic ingredients from Khao Kho Talaypu (เขาค้อทะเลภู) farm in Petchabun. Read Bangkok Greenie’s review at www.bkkgreenie.com. Its reasonably priced, quaint and off the beaten path. Worth the trek. Love it.
Thai Sabai by Khao Kho Talaypu | 38 Tiam Ruammit Rd., Huai Khwang, Bangkok | Hours: Daily, 11am-8pm | Ph: +662-246-1397 ext.9| $-$$
The concept of Jarrett Wrisley’s Soul Food Mahanakorn is neatly summed up on their website: “Wholesome ingredients. Honest cooking. Serious drinks.” Serving up authentic, delicious Thai food, Soul Food uses only the best ingredients, organic and fair trade rice, free range meats and seasonal organic vegetables. Recommended dishes include “Hang Lay” curry, duck larb and the organic chicken. Actually, order anything on the menu and you won’t be disappointed. They also have a great cocktail menu, featuring local spices and fruits in their cocktails including pomelo, ginger, chillies and lemongrass. Highly recommended are the “Lychee Grass Collins” and the “Soul-Fashioned”.
56/10 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thong Lor), Bangkok| 085-904-2691|Opening Hours: Daily 18:30pm – 01:00am|$$| www.soulfoodmahanakorn.com
Seven Spoons Restaurant is an exquisite gastrobar on the edges of chinatown. Modern cuisine, including Mediterranean influenced dishes and pasta, lovingly made from locally produced and organic ingredients wherever possible.
The partners behind wholefood home-delivery service Birds in A Row opened up this tiny, veg-friendly shophouse restaurant on the edge of Ratchadamnoen. Call ahead to avoid disappointment (there are only three tables).
211 Chakkrapatipong Road (corner of Lan Luang and Chakkrapatipong Rd) | 084-539-1819 or 02-628-4588| $$ | http://sevenspoonsbkk.wordpress.com
A few others….
Khun Churn – One of Bangkok’s only Macrobiotic restaurants. Healthy organic delicious vegetarian food. It is a branch Chiang Mai’s famous vegetarian restaurant of the same name. Inventive interpretations of Thai dishes, from tangy mushroom salads, to faux-meat mains like tofu-laden red duck curry and one-meal dishes like khao soy.
Ground floor, Bangkok Mediplex, Sukhumvit Soi 42 | BTS Ekamai | 02-713-6599 | $
Rasayana Retreat Raw Food Cafe
A favourite of hard core raw foodies, but for the rest of us, it may be a little too raw. This “raw food café” whips up dishes with a medley of fresh organic produce. Everything is cooked at 42 degrees Celsius, hence the moniker “raw or living food.” Specialties include Barley Sushi and Sun Burger. The Sun Burger features an almond-celery-sage patty encased in cabbage leaves. Spaghetti & Meatballs: zucchini “noodles” with meatballs made of almonds and topped with a marinara sauce. For desert, sorbet of strawberry, mango or passionfruit, there is Key Lime Pie crafted from avocados, organic honey and lime, and Carrot Cake, which is not baked but is instead a clever amalgam of carrots, raisins, nutmeg, cinnamon and macadamia nuts. All ingredients are vegan except for honey in some desserts and drinks. They have a great range of freshly pressed juices. Call before you go.
Rasayana Retreat, 57 Sukhumvit Soi 39 (Soi Prommitr) |02-662-4803-5 | BTS Ploenchit | www.rasayanaretreat.com | Open daily 9am-9pm | $$
Located at the end of Sukhumvit Soi 1, Ariyasom Villa is a traditional Thai style house built in the 1940s, with lush leafy green surroundings. The Na Aroon restaurant can be found on on the ground floor of the Villa, with teak wood floors, high ceilings and traditional open air Thai style design. Their menu has a great variety of vegetarian and pescatarian Thai dishes. While it advertises itself as organic, my visit to the restaurant and chat with owner David Lees, discovered its not quite that organic and they use a lot of soy based mock meats in their dishes too. Read my review of Na Aroon on our sister website Bangkok Greenie.
Bangkok Tree House
Bangkok Tree House is located in the green zone of the Bang Nampheung region of Greater Bangkok, surrounded by mangrove palms, coconut plantations and singing cicadas. It is Bangkok’s first Green Hotel. They also have an in-house restaurant.
Their menu features local, organic produce along with sustainable seafood and vegetarian/vegan options paired with carefully selected wines.
While the menu was impressive, on my one visit to the Tree House, I was very disappointed. We arrived and they told us they had run out of food. We were famished and exhausted with our 1 hour trek to the Hotel. There was also an alarming amount of garbage everywhere, which ruined the surroundings for me. While they claim that they use part of the proceeds to clear out the garbage brought in by the tide, I saw no evidence of this, just lots of garbage.
60 Moo1 Soi Bua Phueng Pattana, Bang Namphueng, Phra Padaeng, Samut Prakarn | 0829951150 | $$| http://www.bangkoktreehouse.com/
Just outside of Bangkok
Sampran Riverside (formerly known as Rose Garden) has a certified organic farm, Organic ACT and IFOAM accredited, on the grounds of their hotel, located near the Ta-Chine River in a peaceful part of Bangkok’s neighbouring province of Nakhon Pathom. They serve their own beautiful organic fruits and vegetables at their 4 restaurants with cuisines ranging from Thai and Western to Japanese. The view from all of their restaurants is very romantic and the food is great! (Personally recommended.)
Great Resources for Green Eating
100% Herbivores have taken the utmost step in the journey to complete greenness! Being Vegetarian and even more so being vegan is the greenest, most sustainable choice of all, reducing your carbon footprint by more than half.
You’ll be happy to know that there are many many vegetarian restaurants all over Thailand.
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